The 5th edition of the NanoMaterials for Energy and Environment 2019

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Prof. Jacques Jupille

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), CNRS Paris, France

Prof Jacques Jupille is Leader of the group “Oxides in small dimensions” at Institut des Nanosciences de Paris. He’s since 2003 Senior scientist CNRS of 1st class. He’s working on the following research areas: Physical and chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces, from ultra-high-vacuum to ambient conditions, crystallographic and electronic structures, reactivity, catalytic activity, adhesion, wetting, hydration. Tools – Electron spectroscopies, near field microscopies (tunnel and atomic forces), vibrational spectroscopies (high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy), vacuum related techniques, synchrotron based techniques (x-ray diffraction and absorption edges), transmission electron microscopy.

Since 1979, he has been actively involved in the management and support of many societies and institutions including:

  • 1979 – 1986 Member of Section “Inorganic chemistry, catalysis and surfaces” of Comité National of CNRS, Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 1982 – 1986 Member of the Council of the Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 1993 – 1997 Member of the Program Committee “Chemistry absorption” of LURE
  • 1996 – Member of the “ Surface and Interfaces Section ” (Condensed Matter Division -  European Physical Society)
  • 1996 – Member of the ECOSS (European Conference On Surface Science) Bureau
  • 1996 – 2002 Member of the Program Committee “Solid state physics” of LURE.
  • 1998 – Member de Board of Editors of Surface Review and Letters
  • 1998 – 2004 Member of the Surface Science Division - International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA)
  • 1998 – Member of the Council of the French society of metallurgy and materials (SF2M)
  • 2001 – Member of the SF2M bureau
  • 2002 – 2006 Member of the Executive Committee of FEMS (Federation of European Societies of Materials)
  • 2003 – 2006 President of French Federation of Materials (FFM)
  • 2004 – 2008 Member of Section “Condensed Matter : organization and dynamics” of Comité National of CNRS, Physics Department of CNRS
  • 2005 – 2008 Member of the expert panel of the Section “Catalysis, Electrochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry” for recruitment of Junior Scientists, Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 2005 – 2007 Vice-President of SF2M
  • 2007 – President of SF2M

Prof. James M. Hill

University of South Australia, Australia

Prof. James M. Hill has received two five year fellowships from the Australian Research Council; an ARC Senior Research Fellowship in 1997 to work on Granular Materials, and an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship in 2004 to work on Nanomechanics. Since 1983 he has received 13 major research awards, including ARC Large Grants, ARC Discovery Projects, National Research Fellowship, National Teaching Company Scheme. He has published five books, and almost 300 research publications in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Mechanics. He is the recipient of the 2008 ANZIAM medal for contributions to research and the Applied Mathematics discipline.

Prof. James M. Hill is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He has been an Associate Editor since 1982 of the ANZIAM Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, which is published by the Australian Mathematical Society. His work has received international recognition through his appointment to the Editorial Boards of four international journals: Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Journal of Applied Mathematics and the Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, both published by Oxford University Press, Journal of Engineering Mathematics published by Kluwer Academic Press and Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids published by Sage Science Press.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ronghua Wei

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Since joining SwRI in 2001, Dr. Wei takes the responsibility of leading a research group in conducting research on plasma surface engineering and developing new technologies for the US government and industries worldwide. His research is focused on plasma enhanced magnetron sputtering (PEMS) and plasma immersion ion implantation & deposition (PIII&D) and high intensity plasma ion nitriding (HIPIN). At SwRI he has developed a new PEMS technology, by which ultra thick (500µm), ultra hard (>40GPa) nanocomposite coatings been accomplished. These coatings exhibit very high erosion resistance, about 7-10 times better than the state-of-the-art nitride coatings against sand erosion. These coatings show a great potential for protecting aero engine blades, steam turbine blades and components for petroleum-natural gas exploration and production. The PEMS technology won the R&D100 Award in 2009. SwRI has already signed licensing agreements with a number of commercial companies. The technology can be used for various industries including the aerospace, oil/petroleum, power generation and automotive. Dr. Wei has also developed a diamond-like carbon coating technology to deposit erosion/corrosion/abrasion resistant and hydrophobic coatings on the inner surface of long tubes (80ft long, the longest pipe ever deposited). This technology has led to a series of successful projects from a few oil/gas companies.


Prof. Hong Seok Kang

Department of Nano and Advanced Materials Engineering, Jeonju University, Rep. of Korea

Prof Hong Seok Kang was graduated from the Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University. After that, he got my Ph. D from the Department of Chemistry, KAIST in 1986, Korea. Although his research has been activated relatively late,  he published many papers in ACS Nano, J. Am. Chem. Soc, and J. Mater. Chem. A & C, etc as the corresponding author. In 2008, Ihe was awarded “Ipjae Physical Chemistry Prize” from the Division of Physical Chemistry, Korean Chemical Society, for outstanding research. In 2018, he was also awarded an “Excellent Research Prize” from the Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Education of Government of Korea for breakthrough research in 2017. Very recently, his purely theoretical papers were selected as cover articles in Journal of Materials Chemistry C (2018) and Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2017).

Using various first-principles methods, he has recently been involved in research for designing and understanding electronic and chemical properties of various low dimensional nanomaterials. From 2017, my interest has moved to the energy applications of those materials such as to secondary battery and photocatalytic CO2/H2O decompositions.  For that purpose, he has been actively involved in collaboration with a highly sophicated scientist in Korea University and others highly sophiscated scientists in Korea.


Prof. Yamin Leprince-Wang

University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (UPEM), France

Yamin Leprince-Wang is Full Professor at the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (UPEM), France, where she is also Head of the Materials Science & Engineering Master’s degree course. Her main research interest consists of synthesis and characterization of 1D & 2D oxide nanomaterials and their applications in energy and environment fields, such as nanogenerator of electricity, solar cells, chemical sensors, and water & air purification using photocatalysis process. She received B.S. degree from Zhejiang University in China (1985), M.S. and PhD degree from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris 6) in France in 1991 and 1995, respectively; then joined UPEM in 1995. She co-authored 68 articles in peer reviewed international journals, 1 book, and 2 patents.


Prof. Lluis F. Marsal

University of Rovira i Virgili- Tarragona, Spain

Lluís F. Marsal is Full Professor at the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Automatic Engineering of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain. He graduated in Physics in 1991 from the University of Barcelona and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics in 1997 from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, between 1998 and 1999. He was awarded with the 2012 URV's RQR Prize for the highest quality in research. In 2014, he received the ICREA Academia Award from the Generalitat of Catalunya and the UniSA Distinguished Researcher Award 2014 from the University of South Australia. He was named Distinguished Professor of the University Rovira i Virgili in 2017.

Since 2013, he is the President of the IEEE Spain Electron Devices Chapter. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Optical Society of America (OSA). Dr. Marsal is a Distinguished Lecturer of the Electron Devices Society (EDS-IEEE). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Research Center for Engineering Materials and Micro/Nanosystems. He has been visiting professor at several universities and research institutions (CINVESTAV - Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico, McMaster University, Canada, ICMM-CSIC, BiomaGUNE, Spain, Mawson Institute, Australia) and has been a member of advisory and technical committees in several international and national conferences (ECS, PSST, CDE, ICOOPMA, CEN).

He has co-authored more than 220 publications in international refereed journals and conferences, 2 books, 5 book chapters and holds 3 patents. He has presented over 28 invited lectures at international conferences and has participated in over than 80 national and international projects. He has supervised 15 PhD theses and 10 MEng students.

His current research interests mainly focus on nanotechnology and low–cost technologies based on micro- and nanoporous materials for optical biosensing and biomedical applications. He is also interested in organic and hybrid nanostructured materials to enhance light-matter interactions for optoelectronic devices and energy applications.

He served as a Director of the PhD program in Electronic Engineering (2001-2006) and Director of the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Automatic Engineering (2006-2014). He is currently Vice-Rector for Teaching and Research Staff at the University Rovira i Virgili.


Prof. Florin Udrea

Cambridge University, UK

Florin Udrea is Professor of Semiconductor Engineering in Engineering Department in Cambridge University with over 20 years experience in power devices, high voltage and smart technologies, micro-sensors and MEMS.  He is one of the two founding members of CamSemi; a company dedicated to power ICs and power management. CamSemi has sold over 500 million units to date and has been recently awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Innovation Award.  He is also the CTO and the founder of CCMOSS (Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd), a company dedicated to CMOS-based gas sensors. Finally, he is a co-founder and the CTO of Camutronics - a new spin-off company dedicated to power semiconductor devices.  Prof. Florin Udrea is an inventor of over 70 patents and has over 300 publications in journals and international conferences. He has received several awards from IEEE and Leverhulme. For his "outstanding contribution to British Engineering" he has received the Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for 2012.


Prof. Lianxi Zheng

Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Lianxi Zheng received his BE degree in Electronic Engineering from Southeast University in China, and his Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Hong Kong.  He has worked in Los Alamos National Laboratory as a director’s postdoctoral fellow, CNT Technologies Inc. as a research scientist, and Nanyang Technological University as an assistant professor. He has made many significant contributions in the area of carbon nanotube, among which is his invention of a chemical-vapor-deposition method to make word-record long (40mm) CNTs. This technology was ranked as one of the top 50 technologies that have significantly impacted, or are expected to impact, the state of the art in nanotechnology, by Nanotech Briefs (NASA’s technical magazine) in 2005. During his career, he has gained several awards, including 2 Nano 50 Award from NASA, applied 3 US patents on CNT preparation, and published over 80 journal papers. He has been the treasurer and committee member of IEEE Nanotechnology Chapter (Singapore section), and a member of the editor board of several scientific journals.


Prof. Sascha Sadewasser

INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal

Sascha Sadewasser is currently the Head of the Department of Quantum Materials, Science and Technology and is the Head of the Laboratory for Nanostructured Solar Cells. Sascha focuses his research in the areas of advanced concepts for chalcopyrite thin film solar cells and two-dimensional chalcogenide materials. He is an expert on Kelvin probe force microscopy, which he applies to the characterization of semiconductors and thin film solar cell materials. His group develops advanced solar cell concepts, ranging from passivation layers and micro-concentrator solar cells to quantum dot concepts and 2D chalcogenide materials for optoelectronic applications.

Sascha Sadewasser holds a Dipoma (1995) in Physics from the RWTH Aachen, Germany and a PhD (1999) from the Washington University St. Louis, MO, USA. He did a post-doc (1999-2003) at Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin (Germany), and was a Ramón y Cajal scientist at the Centro Nacional de Microelectonica in Barcelona (Spain) Spain from 2003 to 2004. From 2005 until 2011 he was the group leader of the Nanoanalytics and Nanofabrication group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (Germany) and the deputy head (2008-2011) of the Department for Heterogeneous Materialsystems. In 2011 he obtained his Habilitation in Experimental Physics from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Since July 2011 he is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Nanostructured Solar Cells (LaNaSc) at INL.


Prof. Bjørn Petter Jelle

Norwegian University, Norway

Bjørn Petter Jelle is a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a chief scientist at SINTEF. Jelle's background is as a physicist, chemist and material scientist, and examples of current work fields include building physics, materials science, solar radiation, thermal radiation, climate exposure, accelerated climate ageing, solar cells, building integrated photovoltaics, high performance thermal insulation materials, nano materials, and electrochromic materials.


Dr. Hui-Lin Chang

Micron Technology, Manassas VA, USA

Dr. Hui-Lin Chang is currently a Senior Member of Technical Staff in GlobalFoundries. Her previous work experience includes working in Samsung Electronics in South Korea as a Principal Engineer and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) as a Technical Manager in Hsin Chu, Taiwan, as well as a Senior Researcher in National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. She served as a technical program committee member at the 6th International Conference on Mechanical Science and Engineering (ICMSE2015), organized by the International Association of Applied Science and Engineering Technology (IAASET).

Hui-Lin Chang was awarded a PhD in Material Science and Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan in 2002. She also received an Executive Master’s degree of Business Administration (EMBA) from National Chiao Tung University and the University of California – Berkeley in 2010. In addition, in 2016, she was designated a Stanford Certified Project Manager by the Stanford University Center for Professional Development.

Hui-Lin Chang has been awarded 24 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), many of which have also been published by the USPTO's counterpart in China, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). In addition to her many granted patents, she is a named inventor of 10 pending patent applications. Hui-Lin Chang’s contributions to the existing academic literature and industrial practices related to fracture mechanisms of nanoelectronic devices, in particular her novel testing approaches, are truly original and significant.